Community Health Charities Welcomes Wamwari Waichungo to National Board of Directors

Community Health Charities proudly welcomes Dr. Wamwari Waichungo, Vice President of Global Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company, to the national board, an impressive roster of top executives in health and social impact.

“As a highly respected and seasoned executive with global food science and consumer research expertise, Dr. Waichungo will be a significant asset to our board,” said Thomas G. Bognanno, Community Health Charities president & CEO. “Her commitment to closing capacity gaps and ensuring opportunity is perfectly aligned with our mission to build healthier communities for everyone.”

Dr. Waichungo leads Coca-Cola’s efforts to evaluate and substantiate the safety and efficacy of all ingredients for more than 3,500 products worldwide. She leads a team of over 140 staff, based in 47 locations, who are responsible for ensuring the regulatory compliance of ingredients, products, packaging, claims and communication in more than 200 countries. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Dr. Waichungo held product and consumer research roles at ConAgra Foods and Campbell Soup Company.

Born and raised in Kenya, Dr. Waichungo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from Montclair State University as well as a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also attended the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the President’s Club at Montclair State University and is a distinguished fellow of the Monticello Society at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Waichungo also serves on the Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is a member of the Mizzou: Our Time to Lead campaign initiative. Dr. Waichungo is committed to training the next generation of food scientists and closing capacity gaps so that all communities can enjoy safe, abundant food and economic opportunity.

Dr. Waichungo was elected to the national board of directors by unanimous vote at the last in-person meeting in May and will attend the next Board meeting later in September.

About Community Health Charities

Community Health Charities has been raising awareness and resources and empowering people to take action to improve health and wellbeing for over 60 years. We support education, treatment, and prevention for those with health challenges; bring organizations together to improve community health; provide individuals with opportunities to get involved; and increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations. Visit or @healthcharities.

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